The Tame Canary Bird And His Mistress

: Daddy's Bedtime Bird Stories

Daddy had heard that afternoon the story of a very tame canary bird.

The little girl who owned the bird, and who was a friend of Jack and

Evelyn, had told daddy about her little pet. So when daddy got home in

the evening he was ready at once to tell the story of the little bird.

"I am going to tell you about the little bird Elizabeth has. Her daddy

gave him to her several weeks ago, and he is just as tame as tame can<
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be," said daddy. "She has named him Bubsie, and he knows his name too,

for whenever she calls 'Bubsie!' he replies with a little 'Peep, peep!'

"Every morning, bright and early, he wakes up and begins to sing the

most beautiful songs. He sings so steadily that Elizabeth says it is a

surprise to her that he doesn't burst his little throat.

"After Elizabeth gets up she always gives him a little piece of apple

before she begins her breakfast. She puts it on her finger between two

wires of the cage, and he hops right over on his little bar and takes

it from her finger.

"The next thing is his bath, which he takes soon after breakfast. He

loves that. He spatters the water about and has just the best time in

the world. He acts as if it were the most wonderful game. After his bath

he has a treat of delicious lettuce to eat, and then he sits in the sun

and smoothes down his feathers.

"In his cage there is a swing, and he swings on it and hops from one

perch to the other. In fact, he has a fine romp. He usually does this

right after his bath, for then he feels so energetic.

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"In the afternoons Elizabeth lets him out of his cage. Of course she

sees first that there are no windows up or doors ajar before she opens

the door of the cage. When the cage door is open Bubsie flies out and

makes a tour of the room. How he does enjoy flying around and

perching back of the different pictures and on the window-sill. The

thing he likes more than anything else is to play with Elizabeth. He

perches on her shoulder and walks around on her hand. And he loves to

tease her too, for if there are any flowers in the room he will fly over

to them, peck at them and begin munching at them. Then he won't let

Elizabeth catch him. He thinks this a huge joke, and he always flies to

some high spot in the room and begins to sing.

"Elizabeth told me any number of tales of the tricks that he does, but

she told me to invite you two children to come and see her, and then she

promises you that Bubsie will entertain you."

"Oh, that's fine!" said Evelyn. "Do you suppose we can go to-morrow?"

"Yes, I think so," said daddy, "for, as a matter of fact, I believe I

told her to expect you both to-morrow."

"Hurrah!" shouted the children. "You always think of such nice things

for us to do."